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reported this. >> u.s. officials say the benghazi attack was too sophisticated to be spontaneous. >> cenk: all right. government officials saying that. but on september 16th susan rice went on talk shows and had a different story, watch. >> soon after that spontaneous protest began outside of our consulate in benghazi. we believe it looks like extremist elements individuals joined in testify that fort with heavy weapons, and it spun from there into something much much more violent. >> cenk: so she appears to be saying not necessarily a terrorist attack. it spun out of control. that looked questionable right from the get-go and jay carney on september 20th came out and said it is i think, self-evident up in smoke? a catastrophically embarrassing way. to lose an entire consulate, and basically be run out of town and we have learned that there were at least two dozen cia agents also in benghazi. so there was a huge loss of our intelligence out there as well. so those two things are the main reason why i think they have been trying to paper it over. and the final point, a
against the film beganouts the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya, but it appears to have been a well armed, well coordinateed event with indirect and direct fire from machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades. four americans were killed, including j. christopher stevens and information management officer sean smith. secretary of state hillary clinton eulogized the ambassador and defended the america's commitment to libya. >> everywhere chris and his team went in libya in a country scared by war and tyranny, they were hailed as friends and partners. the world needs more chris stevens. >> eliot: and at the white house, president obama condemned the attacks. >> obama: there is absolutely no justification to this type of senseless violence. none. and make no mistake, we will work with the libyan government to bring to justice the killers who attacked our people. >> eliot: but unfortunately and predictably there was a political dimension to this as well with protest against the film tuesday morning. a foreign service officer in the embassy tried to calm the situation with a tweet condemnic the
feed michael it says we strongly condemn the deadly attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, and the tragic loss of life. that sounds pretty good. but when you read it in arabic. it says, the shura council condemns abuse of the holy prophet. to the english-speaking audience, they say this is horrible. and to the arab speaking audience they say this movie we can't believe it. we have to work with these people. it's a new democracy but their loyalties are a limb mixed. >> right, and we saw the libyan government condemn the attack in pretty strong terms as well. i'll quote my former colleague chris dickey. this is all local government in the end. this is all happening on the local level. the brotherhood wants the governing power. the last guy who had u.s. support was thrown out of office with mobs in the streets. they have to be careful how they present their relationship the the with the stews. they offered what happened. it started at 10:00 p.m. chris stevens a regional security officer and a third person who was killed, john smith, they were caught alone in the main building
not secret. when ambassador stevens was moving from tripoli to benghazi, he was doing public events. his schedule was known ahead of time. so i have a perhaps a different perspective because in libya right now, there are militias that are both internal and external. the whole eastern part of libya right now is under the control of islamic extremists, east of benghazi. there are towns where the government has not control where extremists have gained a foothold and there's no way of knowing whether they're domestic or foreign. >> eliot: even though there has been a democratic process in libya, there is a government which we obviously recognize and have somewhat cordial relationships with, the actual capacity of the government to control the way we think of government control and territory is limited especially as you say in the eastern part. >> there are consistent attacks that have been undertaken in libya against the government by elements of rem nines of a gadhafi regime, islamic extremists. there have been power outa
in cairo at about 4:00 in the afternoon then attackers in libya entered the american consulate in benghazi and started firing. three americans were trapped inside including ambassador stevens. if this were not enough of a crisis going on, back at home mitt romney decides to weigh in before it's even clear what is going on in libya. so at 10:30 last night romney issues a statement attacking the cairo embassy's statement earlier, when those guys were just trying to diffuse the situation on the ground. romney said in his statement last night, it's disgraceful that the obama administration's first response was not to condemn attacks on our top plow our diplomatic missions but to sympathize with those who wage attacks. at the point that the cairo embassy had issued their statements, there had been no attacks. a protest was gathering. but after romney issued that statement last night, it was confirmed that, in fact, the ambassador in libya was killed. now, all of this happened and romney is publicly criticized for jumping the gun on issuing his statement before he even knew what the heck was goi
a statement on the attacks in benghazi where we are learning that an american ambassador is among those killed. a rocket attack killed the u.s. ambassador, christopher stevens. the official statement from the president condemns the benghazi attacks and says the united states will increase security at diplomatic embassies around the world. cairo condemned protests. and many people interpreted those tweets as being tied to yesterday's attacks. but the obama administration said no one in washington approved that statement, and it does not reflect the views of the u.s. government. president obama is also clarifying reports that he denied a meeting with israel prime mainer in netenyahu. his office says they got snubbed when they requested a meeting with the president. the obama administration said there was no request for a meeting and they had a conversation over the telephone. current's morning news block. >>you're welcome current tv audience for the visual candy. >>sharp tongue, quick whit and above all, politically direct. >>you just think there is no low they won't go
in benghazi the populous, right unarmed populous actually took over the militia headquarters and threw them out of benghazi. >> including the militia that is believed to be linked to the murder of our ambassador. >> bill: right. which is certainly a good sign, right? >> yeah. >> bill: the other challenge i guess facing the president joe in new york is that he follows -- the general assemblies with his speech today, he follows the fiery remarks of ahmadinejad yesterday. what do we do about him? do we sort of ignore him? does the president have to respond? >> you wait. he will be out of office in a few months. >> bill: he will. >> there are elections in iran next -- i think it is march and there will be a new president. ahmadinejad is much diminished. people thought -- >> bill: tell me about this to start with. >> people thought he was the dictator of iran. they were comparing him to hitler. that's not true. the president actually does not have that much power. the supreme leader, the ayatollah homaney includes
the ambush on the u.s. consulate in benghazi that killed ambassador chris stephens and three other americans. >> as americans let us never ever forget that our freedom is only sustained because our people who are willing to fight for it to stand up for it. lay down their lives for it. >> secretary of state clinton appeared alongside the president but spoke alone earlier from the state department. >> this is an attack that should shock the conscience of people of all faiths around the world. we condemn in the strongest terms this senseless act of violence and we sent our prayers to the families, friends and colleagues of those we've lost. >> one of the other three men killed in the attack is a foreign service officer named sean smith and talking points memo reports that news of his death broke first in the online gaming community. smith was an avid gamer and an online obituary posted by a friend heralded his exemplary use of diplomacy within the gaming community. the friend says while it may seem trivial to remember, a hu
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